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AAP has named most candidates with criminal cases, BJP has most Crorepatis

At least 18% of Aam Aadmi Party candidates contesting the 2022 Municipal Corporation of Delhi (MCD) elections face criminal charges, the highest among major political parties, while the ruling BJP has the most crorepatisaccording to a new report from the Association for Democratic Reforms (ADR).

The ADR and Delhi Election Watch have analyzed the self-affidavits of 1,336 of the 1,349 candidates taking part in the MCD polls to be conducted on December 4. A total of 13 candidates were not analyzed because their statements were either scanned poorly or not uploaded on the Delhi State Election Commission website.

“Of the 1,336 candidates analyzed, 139 (10%) have filed criminal cases against themselves,” the report said, adding that in the 2017 polls, 173 (7%) of the 2,315 candidates had filed criminal cases against themselves. It also said that 76 (6%) candidates have brought a serious criminal case against themselves. In 2017, this number was 116.

Among the major parties, 45 (18%) of 248 candidates are analyzed by AAP, 27 (11%) of 249 candidates analyzed by BJP and 25 (10%) of 245 congressional candidates face criminal cases. At least 19 from AAP, 14 from BJP and 12 from Congress face serious criminal charges, it added.

65% BJP candidates are Crorepatis

This time there are 556 (42%) candidates crorepatis. In the 2017 MCD election, there were 697 (30%) crorepati candidates, the report said.

“The role of money power in our elections is evident in the fact that all major political parties are giving tickets to wealthy candidates,” the report said, adding that 162 (65%) BJP candidates, 148 (60%) AAP candidates and 107 (44%) Congressional candidates have declared assets worth more than Rs 1 crore.

The average wealth per candidate taking part in this election is Rs 2.27 crore, up from Rs 1.61 crore in 2017.

The average wealth per candidate for BJP is Rs 4.04 crore. For AAP candidates it is Rs 3 74 crore and for Congress it is Rs 1.98 crore.

More than half of the candidates are women

There are 693 (52%) female candidates in this MCD election. In 2017, 1,127 (49%) candidates were women, it added.

In all three major political parties – BJP, AAP and Congress – more than half of the candidates are women. Both AAP and BJP have nominated 136 women each, while Congress has named 132 female candidates, the report said. A total of 104 seats are reserved for women.

The MCD’s 250 wards will go to the polls on December 4, while the count will be done on December 7.

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